Let Us Prey

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Let Us Prey
Let Us Prey.jpg
Studio album by Electric Wizard
Released 30 April 2002[1]
Genre Doom metal
Length 43:51
Label Rise Above
JVC Victor (Japan)
The Music Cartel (US)
Candlelight (US reissue)
Producer Jus Oborn and John Stephens
Electric Wizard chronology
Dopethrone
(2000)Dopethrone2000
Let Us Prey
(2002)
We Live
(2004)We Live2004
Original LP Cover
The Music Cartel LP version
The Music Cartel LP version
Repress LP Cover
Rise Above 2LP version
Rise Above 2LP version
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3.5/5 stars[2]
I-Mockery 4.5/5 stars[3]

Let Us Prey is the fourth studio album by English doom metal band Electric Wizard. It was released through Rise Above Records in 2002, and was the last album to feature Electric Wizard's original line-up. After its release Tim Bagshaw and Mark Greening went on to form Ramesses.[4]

The vinyl edition was originally pressed by The Music Cartel on a single LP. Rise Above later reissued the vinyl version as a 2LP with a bonus track, "Mother of Serpents". This track also appears on the Japanese version of the album as well as the CD reissues on both Rise Above and Candlelight Records.

Musical style[edit]

Let Us Prey was a continuation of the more abrasive doom metal sound of their previous album, Dopethrone. It featured more experimentation and guitar layering on some songs. It is also unusual because it is much shorter (43 minutes and 51 seconds) than other Electric Wizard albums (with the exception of their eponymous debut album and Wizard Bloody Wizard), and does not include printed lyrics, making them difficult to decipher.

Speaking to Kerrang! in July 2009, Jus Oborn remembered:

"I think that was our Genesis record. We were all just about the studio, and we wanted to create music using the studio. We were really into the idea of recording then, this pretty technical album. We wanted to be experimental, like trying out some horror movie type stuff, just to see how it works. Each song was like an idea, we didn't write it. We just got an idea, and went with that for how we wanted that to sound."[4]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Length
1. "...A Chosen Few" 6:35
2. "We, the Undead" 4:29
3. "Master of Alchemy"
  • "I. House of Whipcord"
  • "II. The Black Drug"
9:23
4. "The Outsider" 9:19
5. "Night of the Shape" 4:03
6. "Priestess of Mars" 10:01

Personnel[edit]

Release history[edit]

Year
Label
Format
Country
Out of Print?
Notes
2002
Rise Above
CD
U.K.
Yes
Original CD release
2002
JVC Victor
CD
Japan
Yes
Includes bonus track
2002
The Music Cartel
CD
U.S.
Yes
2002
The Music Cartel
LP
U.S.
Yes
features slightly different cover art
2006
Rise Above
2LP
U.K.
Yes
Includes bonus track; features slightly different cover art;
limited 1100 copies (100 clear; 500 deep red; 500 black)
2006
Rise Above
DigiCD
U.K.
No
Remastered version; includes bonus track
2008
Candlelight
DigiCD
U.S.
No
Remastered version; includes bonus track

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Let Us Prey - Electric Wizard". Allmusic. 
  2. ^ "Let Us Prey - Electric Wizard". Allmusic. 
  3. ^ https://web.archive.org/web/20060313214845/http://www.i-mockery.com/musicreviews/detailed.php?id=980. Archived from the original on March 13, 2006. Retrieved December 6, 2005.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  4. ^ a b Ruskell, Nick. Kerrang! #1269, July 2009. Treasure Chest. An Intimate Portrait Of Life In Rock. Jus Oborn, p.60